Parting shot
On his last day as a New York Times columnist after 30 years, William Safire took a look back at his miscellaneous wins and losses, including his long crusade against gambling: “For years I railed against the deceptive and regressive taxation and something-for-nothing morality perpetrated by state lotteries, as well as the state deals with sometimes phony Indian tribal leaders to victimize the gullible in glitzy casinos. But gambling, euphemized as ‘gaming,' is booming, enriching the sleazy while preying on the addicted and corrupting slots-happy governors.”

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Dennis Myers

Dennis Myers was the news editor of the Reno News & Review. He was a journalist for more than four decades. In 1987-88 he was chief deputy secretary of state of Nevada. He was coauthor of Uniquely...